Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Public Health

First Advisor

Brenda Joly


Portland Environmental Health & Safety Program, Muskie School of Public Service


The initial purpose of this capstone was to establish a baseline for the occurrence of the top five foodbome illness risk factors, to write a report on the baseline findings and to develop a plan to repeat this study at least once every 60 months for the Portland Environmental Health & Safety Program. It soon became clear, however, that the scope was too broad. An extensive effort was required to integrate national methodology and comparability principles with the State and local restaurant inspection structure. Subsequently, the focus of the capstone shifted to the development of a comprehensive data collection manual. The statement of need and background did not change; the revised Gantt Chart (Table A) and Logic Model (Table B) are attached.